So I am seeing people write farewell articles about Andrew Bynum. I just have one question. What the hell is wrong with people. If you think I am lying here is a quote from a Spike Eskin article:
I cannot be angry at Bynum, as many seem to be. Hard as a try, I can’t muster up the vitriol to wish him bad luck in Cleveland. If I feel anything for Andrew Bynum, it’s a little bit of pity.
Andrew Bynum is a knucklehead and a goofball. That much is for sure. Basketball might not be his favorite thing in the world, and he probably doesn’t work as hard as he should. He’s patently unaware, or just doesn’t care, about how he comes off publicly. The thing is none of these things caused Andrew Bynum not to play for the Sixers, his knees did.
I respect Spike (good NBA guy) but the dude is way-off base here. If Bynum wasn’t a goofball, a knuckle head or if he did care about basketball more he might not have done the stupid-ass things he did. He would have done everything and anything to get back on the court. All Bynum was for me was “False Hope”. I really thought I was done writing about Bynum. Whatever….
Well, since I am writing about him I might as well go back to the trade one last time. The winner of the trade? The Magic (Captain Obvious Strikes Again). Here is the breakdown one last time (painfully)
Andrew Bynum aka the “Bowler”. The guy loved to take shots at half-time, not basketball, the Jack Daniels ones. Of course he was a flamingo dancing expert and as well an entrepreneur of hair styles. I played as many minutes as he did for the Sixers. Damn, I almost forgot about Jason Richardson. J-Rich was solid until he got injured.
Dwight Howard. Hahaha, Sorry… The funny thing about that situation is that Kobe said that he would teach Dwight to be a champion if he stayed. Kobe, you’re the BIGGEST reason why Dwight left.
Andre Iguodala. Iggy had a solid season for the Nuggets but he became a one year rental by opting out of his contract early. The Warriors should be even more fun to watch this coming year.
Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless and a few future first-round picks. Vuch is a double-double machine and Harkless still gives Doug Collins nightmares. Afflalo is a solid player when healthy. This trade made Sixers fans cry until Hinkie burst on the scene. The Magic have something nice building down there.
I swear, that is the last time I write about Andrew Bynum.
Andrew Bynum’s agent is telling teams interested in him that he WON’T workout for them before signing! Is this dude serious? I mean come on. Bynum’s agent has to feel like an idiot even saying that out loud to himself. For a guy who played as many minutes as I did this past NBA season he’s got stones for that to even cross his mind. Joe Hickman was in that building more than Andrew Bynum was last season. Seriously, Joe worked there and he may have set foot on the court more the Andrew did too (that’s speculation but possible, for further questions tweet him @PhillyTugger).
This is what the report from yahoo sports said:
Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said Bynum will begin training in July in Atlanta in preparation for next season after completing his rehabilitation from knee surgery. The knee injury caused Bynum to miss the entire 2012-13 season with the Sixers. Lee said there are a “half dozen teams” interested in Bynum and they will be given MRI and other needed medical reports. Bynum, however, will not work out for teams. via Yahoo!Sports.com
If I was an NBA GM there is no way I’m giving Bynum big money before I see what he can do on the court. Not after what he pulled last year. He showed he was completely comfortable with sitting out, while collecting 16 million and change, to get prepare for what is really important to him. Salsa dancing in Madrid. Again if I was GM and he isn’t working out before signing the only way I would do it is if he signs a low ball contract. That way Bynum would become a low risk high reward signing. But some team, probably one that wants Dwight Howard but is unable to sign him, will overpay for Bynum.
Andrew could have a bounce back season next year but I would be surprised if he stays healthy through the entirety of a multi year deal. Another thing interested teams will have to take into account is along with Bynum’s knee issues it seems he also has issues above the neck. So for those teams interest in Bynum one piece of advice from this Sixer fan, buyer beware. Oh yeah and Andrew will be sending this tape of his workout along with his MRI’s and Medical records.
I figured to get out one more post before Christmas. I figured hanging some Sixers Balls on the tree would be nice. Lets begin; I keep hearing people talk about the long-two’s the Sixers take. The new guys that the Sixers brought in J-Rich/Wright/Young are all jump shooters. What do you expect? This team was built for Bynum that’s the issue. Having Bynum controlling the paint and giving the jumper shooters open looks, while having Jrue/Evan creating. Of course I would like to see them get to line more. BUT with this team its not going to happen. Live by the “J”, Die by the “J’..
Even Lavoy Allen is mostly a pick and pop guy. We all know how much Hawes loves his jumper. Is it that when the Sixers do take it to the rim they don’t get calls? Not really. It would help to have the “star” calls on their side. You know the calls when the ref waits to see if they make the basket and if they don’t, then they make the call. Bynum would help with this factor. BUT that is not the answer they just don’t attack the rim enough.
Their loss to the Nets (95-92) was just an example of the Sixers not getting to the line; the Sixers went 8-10 from the charity strip and the Nets went 21-30. Holiday said it best after the loss…
‘They beat us at the free-throw line. We beat them everywhere else. It kind of hurt us.’
Yes, it does Jrue. The Sixers are only averaging 18.3 free throws a game. That ranks them 29th in the league. The three best are Holiday, Turner and Thad at getting to the line. It’s nothing to brag about either. Jrue is averaging 3.4 attempts a game, Evan 2.9 and Thad 3.0. Just for some comparisons here are the top 5 players free-throw attempts a game..
It gets a little worse. The Sixers, Hawks and the Magic are the only teams that don’t have a player attempting at least 4 foul shots a game. Obviously, you would think that the Sixers are attempting a ton of three balls. Nope, they are averaging 18.3 a game, which ranks them 23rd. So what does that equal? Mid-range jumpers and long-two’s.
Well, Happy Holidays!!
Editing…. Brandon Bramanti @fawkingpawsy
Its official! Sixers made it official at 2pm today. Yes, Sir!
Well, I guess I can get a HELL Ya?!! I can’t believe that this trade is going down. The news came out earlier in the day by Adam Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that they were discussing it. We have found out that this is not a dream. That this trade will go down. I was thinking that the Sixers would some how screw this up. They certainly did not…ESPN’s Marc Stein reports..
A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receiveAndrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington,Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams. In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.
Man, this is AWESOME! The Sixers don’t even lose Turner or Holiday in this deal. All I have to say is “WOW’. Can you say number 2 seed?! Now all of the other moves the Sixers did this off-season make sense. I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop and it dropped BIG TIME.
Bynum gives the Sixers their first legitimate center since Moses Malone. Bynum is more polished offensively than even Howard is. Howard is the better defender though. Yes, Bynum’s knees might be an issue and he can be sort of a head case at times but who cares. He brings that nasty “Old School” side that I love. He is entering his last year of his contract. Sixers will have to convince him to stay. The one thing in their favor is that the Sixers can offer Bynum the most money and a extra year.
Jason Richardson gives the Sixers a solid two guard, who can really knock down the three ball. He is not the “High Flyer” he once was, but he still can play. With J-Rich, Nick Young and Dorell Wright the Sixers have guys that can knock down an open jumper, if Turner and Holiday continue to develop watch out. Richardon has three more years on his contract at a friendly 5.7 million this year, 6.2 million in 13/14 and 6.6 million in 14/15.
To piggy back what I said about “Iggy” in an earlier post I have always been a fan of Iggy. I always thought the Sixers asked him to be something he is not, a scorer. Since the arrival of Doug Collins, Dre has learned who he really is as a player. He has become one of the best wing defenders in the game and has developed a nice all around game. So thanks for a great year and nice career here “Iggy”.
The BIGGEST thing this trade does for Sixers it makes them relevant again. Bynum makes the Sixers a “cool” team to play for. In today’s NBA that is huge. Players love to team up together. Bynum brings that to Philly.
Here is what the current roster looks like..
Bench. Hawes, Brown, N.Young, Wright, Moultrie, Thad and Ivey.
Suddenly, the Sixers have size and athleticism together. Yes, Sir! The Sixers are back!!!!
Is Thorn becoming like RAJ and Homer? Nah….I have been thinking of writing a post for the Sixers on how their roster will look like this up-coming season. Obviously, I would have started the post as the “Land of the Small forward”. I also would have tried to explain that Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes can play together. Thank God I don’t have to lie about that situation right now.
Man, if this reported deal goes down, “Yes, Sir!” The deal was first reported by Adam Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Here is some of the report from Adam..
There are other players involved in these fluid talks, but a framework of the possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guardAndre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasoland Denver guard Arron Afflalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Bynum would give the Sixers their first legitimate center since Moses Malone. Bynum is more polished offensively than even Howard is. Howard is the better defender though. Yes, Bynum’s knees might be an issue and he can be sort of a head case at times but who cares. Got it done! Suddenly, that Brown signing does not look so bad. OK, fine. Maybe, I am pushing it a bit.
I will tell you this if this deal goes down this will make the Sixers a top team in the East. The main thing about this potential trade is that it would make the Sixers relevant again. Bynum would make the Sixers a “cool” team to play for. In today’s NBA, players love to team up together. Bynum brings that to Philly.
I have always like Iggy. I always thought the Sixers asked him to be something he is not, a scorer. Since the arrival of Doug Collins, Dre has learned who he really is as a player. He has become one of the best wing defenders in the game and has developed a nice all around game. When you get a chance to get a young dominate big-man you do it. So thanks for a great year and nice career here “Iggy”. Hey, Sixers do you need me to pick up Bynum from LA?
We had some action on the first day of free agency in the NBA. It’s not like the NHL though, when on the first day signings go off like rapid fire. You had the Nets resign Gerald Wallace. Roy Hibbert signed contract offer from the Blazers. There seems no way in hell that the Pacers let him go but you never know. Looks likes D-Will will go either Dallasor the Nets as everyone knows. Jason Kidd is involved with D-Will somehow. Some type of a package deal, very odd. Omer Asik signed an offer sheet from the Rockets for 3 years 25 million. I am sorry; some of these GM’s have to be hammered when they give out some of these deals. Let’s give 25 million for a guy that average 14 minutes a game last year. I have to be missing something. OK, time to move on to a team that really matters to me.
The Sixers have resigned Lavoy Allen to a 2 year deal worth 6 million. That is a solid signing by them. Lavoy started to blossom in these past playoffs. He showed a lot of toughness and calmness for rookie in a big situation. I thought everything was basically going to be quiet the rest of the night until I saw this tweet…..
So the Sixers are going after Dwight? My first thought was who is this dude reporting this? Then I found out that he actually works for TV station down in Orlando called WKGM. So is this for real? I don’t think so or maybe it is? What the hell, its fun to think about anyway. Who would the Sixers have to give up for Dwight? I say, I combination of Jrue/Turner/Thad/Lavoy and first round picks. Obviously, not all would be in the deal, but the Magic would have their choice. Iggy would not be in that deal. They are going to want young pieces in return for Dwight. Though, do the Sixers even have enough on their roster to make a solid offer to Orlando? I am not sure. I would think. Maybe, this offseason just got a whole a lot of fun. One last note; Sixers please do not sign Jamal Crawford. Please!!